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U.S. Consumer Prices Fell 0.3% In November

December 17, 2014 10:24 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Plunging gasoline costs pulled U.S. consumer prices lower in November, muting inflation across the entire economy. The Labor Department said Wednesday the inflation reading fell a seasonally-adjusted 0.3 percent last month, after prices were flat in October. Gas costs plummeted 10.5 percent in...

Senate Approves New Auto Safety Chief

December 17, 2014 10:05 am | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Senate on Tuesday confirmed a new administrator to lead the government's auto safety agency...

Chrysler Group LLC Changes Its Name

December 16, 2014 1:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler Group LLC has changed its name to FCA US LLC, effective immediately. The automaker said...

Ford Hires Ex-GM Research Head To Analyze Big Data

December 15, 2014 5:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford has hired a former General Motors chief industry analyst to manage data collection and use...

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Study Shows Your All-Electric Car May Not Be So Green

December 15, 2014 3:59 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

People buying all-electric cars where coal supplies the power may think they are helping the environment. But a new study says those plug-in vehicles can be making the air dirtier and worsening global warming. Ethanol isn't so green, either. Study co-author Julian Marshall, an engineering professor at...

Death Toll From GM Ignition Switches Rises To 42

December 15, 2014 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

At least 42 people have died and 58 have been injured in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM to compensate victims, updated the totals Monday. Feinberg says he has received 251 death claims and...

UAW President: Companies Can Raise Pay While Staying Competitive

December 15, 2014 1:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams says he's not buying the Detroit Three automakers' argument against wage increases for longtime workers. Williams told reporters Monday that keeping Detroit competitive with foreign automakers can't always be done on the backs of workers. He says...

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Design For Manufacture: Better Information, Better Pricing

December 12, 2014 12:47 pm | by Kevin J. Dailida, Senior Director of Operations and Supply Chain, Dynisco | Articles | Comments

As business competition intensifies worldwide, it becomes ever more challenging to improve gross margins and operating profits.  Because the Internet provides the ability to obtain comparative pricing on a global basis, supply chain organizations (SCOs) are increasingly pressured to pinpoint the best supplier options...

Cheaper Gas, Food Lower U.S. Producer Prices

December 12, 2014 10:17 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Falling gas and food costs pushed down overall U.S. wholesale prices last month, evidence that cheaper oil worldwide is limiting inflation. The Labor Department said Friday that the producer price index fell 0.2 percent in November, after rising by the same amount in October. In the past 12 months, producer...

Ferrari Looks To Burnish Brand Value

December 12, 2014 10:09 am | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Ferrari's sleek sports cars and souped-up Formula 1 racing machines have made the prancing horse logo among the world's most powerful brands. Now, as the company prepares for a public listing, it wants to cash in on the cachet. The aim: position Ferrari not just as a car-maker, but as a luxury goods...

Holiday Shopping Boosts U.S. Retail Sales

December 12, 2014 10:06 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. retail sales perked up in November, as cheaper gas and an improving job market fueled a promising start to the holiday shopping season. Retail sales rose a seasonally-adjusted 0.7 percent, the most in eight months, the Commerce Department said Thursday. Falling gasoline prices dented gas stations receipts...

Chrysler Obeys Safety Regulators, Expands Recall

December 12, 2014 9:58 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Chrysler is bowing to demands from U.S. safety regulators and will add about 179,000 vehicles to a recall for air bags that could explode with too much force. The latest expansion covers the Ram pickup from the 2003 to 2005 model years, as well as the 2004 and 2005 Dodge Durango, 2005 Chrysler 300 and...

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Auto Manufacturing, UAW Converge In The South

December 12, 2014 9:48 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

The ongoing push to keep the UAW and labor unions out of foreign automobile manufacturing plants in the South continues. Mercedes got a slap on the wrist for impeding union literature in its Alabama plant while Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam continues to fight against UAW representation at Volkswagen’s...

German Automotive Parts Company Opening GA Plant

December 10, 2014 5:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says a German manufacturer of auto components is building its first U.S. facility in northeast Georgia. Deal said in a statement Wednesday that Häring is planning to create 800 new jobs by 2025 and will invest $54 million over five years to develop the facility in...

IAC Celebrates Grand Opening Of AL Manufacturing Operation Expansion

December 10, 2014 10:42 am | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

International Automotive Components (IAC), a leading automotive interior components supplier, celebrated the opening of its newly expanded manufacturing operation in Anniston, Ala. The 126,000 square foot expansion, constructed adjacent to the existing IAC manufacturing plant, expands IAC's Anniston...

BMW Gets New CEO, Another BMW Exec Bails For VW

December 9, 2014 5:34 pm | by David McHugh, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tuesday was a day of change at the top of Germany's auto industry. The biggest news: Luxury carmaker BMW AG said its chief executive, Norbert Reithofer, was leaving his post to become board chairman. He's being replaced as CEO by 49-year-old Harald Krueger in what a member of the company's...

TN Governor Questions UAW Process At VW

December 9, 2014 5:30 pm | by Erik Schelzig, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam, a longtime critic of the United Auto Workers' efforts to organize foreign automakers in the South, on Tuesday questioned the process by which the union qualified under a new labor policy at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee. Volkswagen announced on Monday that an independent...

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Chrysler Plans $266M Spending For IN Plants

December 9, 2014 12:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler is expected to spend $266 million on new equipment for two transmission factories in central Indiana. The company's plans include expanding production of the eight-speed automatic transmissions built at the Kokomo factories, the Kokomo Tribune reported. The Kokomo City Council voted...

Nissan Recalls 407K Vehicles For Fuel Leak Problem

December 9, 2014 10:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan is recalling about 470,000 cars and SUVs worldwide to fix a problem that can cause fuel leaks. In the U.S., the recall covers about 134,000 vehicles with direct fuel injection engines. That includes Nissan's Juke SUV from the 2012 through 2014 model years, and the Infiniti M56 and QX5...

UAW Reaches Top Tier Of VW Labor Policy In TN

December 9, 2014 10:30 am | by Erik Schelzig, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The United Auto Workers on Monday qualified for the top tier of a new labor policy at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee, giving the union its first formal role within a foreign-owned auto plant in the South. Volkswagen said that an independent auditor had verified that the UAW's Local 42 had signed up...

Intelligent Charging System Could Protect EV Owners From Fuel Sticker Shock

December 9, 2014 9:57 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

‘Tis the season when shoppers flock to online deal sites and use their price comparison software to hunt for the best bargains. They are not alone. Shipping companies could soon start using similar algorithms to cheaply and efficiently charge their electric trucks to get those same...

Honda Adds 2.6M Vehicles To Air Bag Repair List

December 8, 2014 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda says it will replace driver's air bag inflators on 2.6 million more vehicles as it expands repairs to the entire U.S. Honda is the only automaker to comply with government demands for national repairs. The company says it's doing so to address customer concerns. Air bags made by...

EU Calls For Japan To Eliminate Trade Barriers

December 8, 2014 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union is calling on Japan to make further efforts to eliminate trade barriers in the auto and food safety sectors as they began a fresh round of bilateral free trade negotiations Monday in Tokyo. In an additional list of so-called nontariff barriers recently submitted by the...

Subaru Seeks $118M Tax Break For 4-Mile Move

December 8, 2014 1:29 pm | by Geoff Mulvihill, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Subaru announced plans to move its U.S. headquarters to Camden, just four miles from its current home in Cherry Hill, and said it is seeking $118 million in tax breaks intended to lure jobs to the impoverished city. The move by the fast-growing division...

Japan: Auto Recall Overhaul Needed For Global Woes

December 5, 2014 2:04 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The top Japanese auto safety official acknowledged Friday that Japan's recall system needs an overhaul to better respond to global problems highlighted by the debacle over Takata air bags that can explode. "The framework in place...

GM Closes Opel Plant After 52 Years

December 5, 2014 1:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The last vehicle has rolled off Opel's production line at its flagship factory in Bochum, which General Motors is shuttering as it restructures its lossmaking European subsidiary. The dpa news agency reported Friday that with the production of the last Opel Zafira compact van, the...

Global Survey: Human-Robot Teams Capturing New Sectors

December 4, 2014 12:20 pm | by International Federation of Robotics | News | Comments

Having conquered automotive manufacturing, the latest industrial robots are about to capture other industrial sectors that, to date, have remained undeveloped. Opportunities are huge. Even in those countries where the application of robotics is at its greatest (Japan, Germany...

NASA Postpones Orion Launch

December 4, 2014 10:05 am | by Marcia Dunn, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Wind gusts and sticky fuel valves conspired to keep NASA's new Orion spacecraft on the launch pad Thursday, delaying a crucial test flight meant to revitalize human exploration. NASA promised to try again Friday morning. The space agency's new countdown clock got a workout as problem...

Toyota Seeks Independent, Industry-Wide Joint Testing Initiative For Airbags

December 4, 2014 9:59 am | by Toyota Newsroom | News | Comments

Toyota today called for a coordinated industry-wide joint initiative to independently test Takata airbag inflators that have been the subject of recent recalls. The goal of this initiative is to address affected automakers’ issues related to the airbag inflator recalls and...

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